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Cd Anderson
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Hi all!
We're in the process of buying 26 acres in SW Oklahoma. Almost entirely pasture, currently has two home sites, one is vacant with a well, septic and electric. The other has a mobile home with a well, septic and electric. We're city folks, neither of us have ANY experience with livestock, or farming but we know we don't like the chemical laden, heavy processed, GMO'd food that our market has. We also know we want more than a 1/4 acre back yard for our boys (all 7 with one on the way) to run. We know it's going to be a ton of work and I feel sorely under prepared for just how much work it's going to be but we're prepared to dig in and give it our all. I just hope our mistakes along the way don't cost us too much money!

We actually have nearly 9 kids, the oldest son has already flown the coop, so the oldest at home is my only girl (15) and then it's all boys after that (13yr - 2yr) with the next boy due at the end of Oct. We're naturally minded people, keeping chemicals out of the house, using herbs to treat illness, focus on good nutrition that kind of thing and I want to treat my animals the same way.
 
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Welcome to permies cd .
That certainly sounds like there's plenty to do. I'd be putting those kids to work
I really think the longer you can take to plan the better, rather than jumping in.
For some good thinkin stuff, I like this site
here's some planning ideas, if that's any help.
Thinking in terms of zones and sectors is really valuable, and definitely helps to reduce mistakes!
 
Cd Anderson
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Thanks for the welcome and the links!

The kids will certainly have their share of work! They're actually looking forward to it. We homeschool so I've already got them reading up on chicken care, dog training, growing herbs and building basics. These are all topics they've already shown interest in and having a homestead will give them an opportunity to explore these things. Currently the plan is to start with chickens for eggs in March along with a small garden and a dozen fruit trees. I just hope I can keep everything alive!
 
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